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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Today while I was at work police came toy home and arrested my 13 y/o son, I went to the district and was told

To wait they wouldn't give me any information or tell me why he was arrested. What should I do what can I do

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Dec 3, 2019

Get an attorney and have the attorney knock on the same doors. Attorneys are especially skilled at finsing out information. Most of us have connections with the police.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Communications Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Received 1991 texts between 7/1/19 thru 12/3/19 day and night can this be considered harassment

I share 50/50 custody with him and have told him not to contact me unless it is about our child he goes back in forth within mins of hating me and loving me

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Dec 3, 2019

Yep, I'd call that harassment. Contact your local police about it.

Best of luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I press charges here?

Photo sent without my permission to my college administrators. It was done by an angry ex friend. Now I am having a hearing and facing disciplinary action. I could be expelled, lose my scholarship, have a disciplinary note on my transcript. This is very harmful to me. Can I press charges?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Nov 26, 2019

You may but that's not going to help--the train coming down the track at you has been set in motion--collaring the person who started it won't stop the train of the disciplinary process. Most colleges have a pro bono attorney who handles student issues. See if yours does. If not look for an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Employment Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I did something completely stupid I was caught on camera how do I avoid jail time
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Nov 19, 2019

Get a good lawyer. You dont give enough information for any other answer

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can the parents of a 31 yr mentally challenged person be held accountable for their child/ man actions (touching kids)

As in there private areas when they leaving him run the streets unsupervised

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Nov 12, 2019

I am assuming you have already called the police. Those are pretty serious allegations and ones that shoyld be investigated.

I am not sure what you mean by hold the parents accountable. If you are asking can you sue them? Impossible to answer in a one paragraph intenet question. Not...
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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is a Quid Pro Quo legal
Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Nov 5, 2019

This is not a legal question within the purview of this forum

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Probate for Pennsylvania on
Q: What would happen to a 23 year old on probation for gun charges dating a 18 year old

If the parents of the 18 year old are against the relationship is there anything they would be able to do

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

At 18 the person is no longer a minor. They could make life uncomfortable for the 18 year old and doubtless will. Is it worth it for either of you?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law and Collections for Pennsylvania on
Q: My car was stolen and found by the police. The officer got the car impounded w/o notifying me. Recovery options w/o fee?

I was not notified when my car was towed away. The cop who found my stolen car got it towed and did not notify me. It has been a month i had to find the tow company myself 36 days later they are charging me 1100 dollars in fees.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

This is a major problem. Contact your legislator, AAA, others --the law has to be changed. The question is what the towing company is charging. I don't have a clear, clean answer for this. However, if the person was found and is charged with the crime you may have access via the crime victims... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law, Family Law and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on
Q: I signed the title for sale of vehicle and the receiver has neglected to Notorize himself as the new owner. Now what?

I'm aware he operates it. I do not have any access to the title the vehicle or my plate. The registration is expired.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

You didn't say why he has the plate. Did you make a copy of everything? Contact PennDot and see what they say. You need to ask them to cancel the registration.

He doesn't have to notarize himself if you give him the car and sign it over and he accepts. However you need to cancel the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was charged with altered,forged,or documents and plate's did 9 months in bcp now I am being told my lisence is suspend

I took a plea deal and they never mentioned a lisence suspension ever!! Its not in any of my sentencing paperwork and I was never told of it being part of it

Or I never would have taken the plea

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Oct 22, 2019

Yes, there is an automatic suspension under the law for convictions for that offense. The only thing you can do is file a PCRA petition alleging your lawyer did not represent you properly.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on
Q: My grandson is in a prison. Somehow, he got stabbed and they will not allow us to see him. What should we do?

A guard is involved in causing the stabbing of my grandson. He is in Somer Set

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 21, 2019

An attorney can always see him

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If you are waiting to go to trial in Philadelphia and you start Therapeutic Community programming do you get time

Credit for completing programs plus time served

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 17, 2019

you have a lawyer. ask your lawyer

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I recently saw on the Pennsylvania public records that in was charged with child endangerment and found guilty

I recently saw on the Pennsylvania public records that in was charged with child endangerment and found guilty. It's now on my record. I was in treatment for a year and never served and never returned to my house bc the bank took it back in the yr I was gone. Is this legal? I now have 18 months... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Oct 15, 2019

You need to have an extended talk with a Pennsylvania attorney ASAP to try to straighten this out - that's the best advice I can give you at this point. "Is this legal?" in an online forum isn't going to cut it. If your case is from a county in the southeastern region of Pennsylvania, I'd be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I press charges against someone for stealing narcotic pain pills a year ago

I told them if they got help I wouldn't involve the police and there are wittiness's to my making this statement and the person did get help.

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Oct 5, 2019

You certainly file a report with police. They will investigate and determine if charges are warranted. If they lay charges you and all the witnesses will need to make statements to the police and attend for the scheduled trial.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: So a year ago someone stole narcotic pain pills from me. I told the person if they got help I wouldn't press charges

That being said the person got help but is now back into pills I want to press charges for the theft a year ago can I still do this or is it to late?

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Oct 5, 2019

You should be good. Contact your local police to press charges.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment for Pennsylvania on
Q: I'm hiring a lawyer to try and get this person a deal in court. How does that go about.
Steven Pacillio
Steven Pacillio answered on Oct 4, 2019

Many experienced criminal defense attorneys offer an initial consultation at no cost. You should contact an experienced defense attorney who practices in the jurisdiction where the charges are pending. The attorney can discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the case and help the client make an... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How far back can employer investigate employee theft

Over the past 12 years I have been taking money from a seasonal employer. The total is about 33000 dollars. It was not malicious and I did intend to pay it back somehow and some way. The business is a cash business and is seasonal. How far back can they legally go and still charge me if they choose... Read more »

Steven Pacillio
Steven Pacillio answered on Oct 3, 2019

Pennsylvania Statue, 42 Pa.C.S. § 5552 states, in relevant part:

(b) Major offenses.--A prosecution for any of the following offenses must be commenced within five years after it is committed:

(1) Under the following provisions of Title 18 (relating to crimes and offenses):...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How many years does it take to have a misdemeanor expunged?
Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Sep 24, 2019

Expunged? A crazy long time. But "sealed"? You've now got a much better shot at that, thanks to a recent change in the law. Check out the information on this website for both expungement and sealing, and you should have your answer: https://mycleanslatepa.com/clean-slate-flow-chart/... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Social Security for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hey Will I go to jail for retail theft the items was only $39. I also have a prior retail theft in 2016 will I do jail ?
Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Sep 23, 2019

Almost surely not. Probation.

Best of luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: if The statute of limitations are expired why would the state have a grand jury? To help change laws?

My dad was accused of something that allegedly happened 35-40 years ago. An investigation was done about 20 years ago by state police and no charges filed. The accuser is intent on destroying him. Fast forward to today and a friend told me he was questioned about this by the ag’s office in... Read more »

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Sep 18, 2019

The truth is often the first thing that is sacrificed in these scenarios. If a grand jury is empanelled then they will be given evidence to decide whether there is enough evidence to lay charges and continue with the matter. The grand jury is not an investigative tool rather a check on power to... Read more »

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